Saturnian Days

Days of dulness, when everything is venal.

Then rose the seed of Chaos and of Night
To blot oat order and extinguish light,
Of dull and venal a new world to mould,
And bring Saturnian days of lead and gold.

Dunciad, iv.

They are lead to indicate dulness, and gold to indicate venality.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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